Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare
DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: This Mediterranean plant is a short lived perennial, but grown as an annual. Fennel can be direct planted from seed or from transplants. I use all above ground parts in cooking, salads and the seeds are like licorice candy, wonderfully refreshing while walking through the garden. All my kids like them fresh! If you don’t eat them all, you can collect these to plant next year. They do not reseed like their cousins, cilantro or dill.
PART USED: seeds and all above ground parts.
FUNCTION: This plant is an aromatic herb useful to support a healthy digestion. Fennel is a classic after diner digestif and tastes great- sweet and refreshing.